Judges

Vic Armstrong

Vic Armstrong on set with Steven Spielberg and Tom CruiseAcademy Award winner Vic Armstrong has worked in motion pictures for nearly fifty years as a world-renowned Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator and Director. His resume reads like a “who’s who” of film history, including some of the most popular films of all time. Vic’s skills made him a popular double for several leading men, including Sean Connery, Christopher Reeve, Donald Sutherland, Roger Moore, and Christopher Lee. His resemblance to and friendship with Harrison Ford, merited Vic the opportunity to double Ford and stunt coordinate throughout the “Indiana Jones” film series.

As a Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator, his creative vision has lent itself to films helmed by some of the world’s most respected and prominent directors, such as Steven Spielberg, Sir Richard Attenborough and Ridley Scott. Vic’s expertise and finesse in creating action sequences are not lost on a worldwide audience and his extensive body of work includes: Terminator 2, Return of the Jedi, Blade Runner, Tomorrow Never Dies, Charlie’s Angels, I Am Legend, The Golden Compass and Mission Impossible 3.

Peta Bayley

Peta Bayley is animation supervisor at one of the world’s leading visual effects studios MPC. She has worked on a number of blockbuster projects and has most recently been animation supervisor on Disney’s The Jungle Book. In this critically acclaimed reboot of the classic Kipling tale she oversaw the creation of a cast full of jaw-dropping CG creatures in a photorealistic jungle environment, hotly tipped to be in Oscar contention in 2017. Her credits also include Marvel space romp Guardians of the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Mark Horton

Mark is Professor in Archaeology at the University of Bristol and a seasoned television presenter. He is one of the team of presenters on the BBC 2 programme Coast, exploring the coastline of Britain.

Mark has presented and contributed to numerous TV archaeology programmes, from the BBC Two series Time Flyers and the BBC Scotland documentary on the Darien Disaster which was awarded the Archaeological Programme of the Year in 2004. He was also involved in the early days of Time Team on Channel 4 and has contributed to many archaeology programmes on the Discovery and History Channels. Mark is also a regular presenter on BBC One’s Inside Out.

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson has cast BAFTA winning productions and worked in casting for over a decade.  She casts action packed and gritty dramas through to fun filled comedies.

Features include The Whistleblower, Hard Boiled Sweets and independent comedy features Down Dog and the Cymru BAFTA winning Convenience. She is currently casting Viking Destiny.

Her small screen credits include Spying on Hitler’s Army: The Secret Recordings, and the award nominated series All At Sea’ & ‘Hank Zipzer. In her years as Casting Associate she worked on the likes of Mo, Tess of The D’Urbervilles, The Diary of Anne Frank, Green Wing, Mark of Cain and Housewife 49. Jane is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

Heather Fenoughty

Heather Fenoughty is a film music composer and sound designer working in TV, film, theatre and multimedia. Her credits include work broadcast on BBC, ITV, C4, NBC et al, and large-scale, promenade theatre with Slung Low theatre company amongst others, some of which has played in the West End, off Broadway and at international arts festivals around the world. She also works regularly with Red Star 3D creating scores for their children’s CG animations, including adaptations of The Lost World, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Sherlock Holmes. Her advertisement credits include work with CITV, Nissan and Kaspersky.

Dr Niall McCann

Dr Niall McCann is a biologist working in anti-poaching and the mitigation of human/wildlife conflict. He was the presenter for the award-winning documentary Lost in the Amazon: The Enigma of Colonel Percy Fawcett, and for the multi award-winning wildlife adventure series Biggest and Baddest. Niall’s extra-curricular adventures include having rowed across the Atlantic ocean, skied across Greenland and cycled over the Himalayas. Niall is a Director of National Park Rescue, an organisation dedicated to the rescue and resurrection of threatened protected areas from the scourge of poaching and habitat loss.

Susan Jacobson

Susan is a director and producer. She runs her production company, Pistachio Pictures with her business partner and they produce high quality drama and documentaries for the big and small screen. Susan’s feature film directorial debut The Holding has garnered her two Best Director awards amongst many others. Her other directing work has won her critical acclaim, most recently Oh-Be-Joyful, which has picked up awards all over the world.

Susan directs for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum throughout the year. She is a Guiding Lights Alumni, and her films have been championed by Women in Film and Television International.